Hope this finds you all having a great day.
Over the past month a lot of exciting things have been happening. The one event as you all know was Thanksgiving. We were able to have some fun times with family and friends and I trust you all were able to have a great time celebrating with family and loved ones as well during this time.
The other exciting thing that happened was our first Mission week at The Ashery. Along with your help in buying ginger snaps and our employees sponsoring each package sold we were able to raise funds to help a local Amish family that has a lot of hospital bills. Thank you to all of you that participated in this event and to those of you who donated towards this cause! Be watching for dates as we plan for another Mission Week in the future.
This time of the year has always been of particular interest to me with the beginning of a new year just around the corner and the celebration of the birth of Jesus. I can’t think of a better way to enter a new year then with the confidence of being a part of the Kingdom of God! For me it’s exciting to know that because of God making a way for me to have eternal life, I have a reason to live! Wow, I love it!
On the thought of being a part of the Family of God and how that gets lived out in this world, I often times have found myself trying to get the approval and affirmation of man instead of God. I then find myself with loneliness, discouragement, and doubt about who I am as a person. As I was pondering this a family member shared a quote with me that I would like to leave with you.
“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness. People may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.”
That’s where it’s at, between us and God.
This Christmas season, I invite you to join me in experiencing a relationship with our Creator as we celebrate Jesus coming to give us the choice of eternal life.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
A Merry Christmas to you and your family, Curt